Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wolfpack RR

Today was the wolfpack rr, down in north carolina...i went down with my dad friday night.  For Kelly we had three guys...me, curtis winsor, and ryan bloom....all straight beasts so we were aiming for nothing short of a solo win with a 10min gap to the field.  The pre-reg was weak, like 5 guys, but it ended up being a pretty big field with a lot of southeast guys showing up.  DLP Pro and Time Pro (I guess now Team Mtn Khakis?) fielded full teams, also Ben King...on the new trek u23 team was there, also some team type 1 pro...dont know his name, but he was like 8ft tall.  WE were doing 4laps of an 18mile course....it was basicaly rolling nothing too exciting.  The race started out kinda slow some breaks went, we all took turns going in some small moves, but nothing was too exciting so we didn't really kill it.  Ryan stayed most attentive up front. On the 2nd lap there was a bit of a split at the beginning, going up a hill thru the feedzone.  Me, Ryan, and Curtis were all in it...there were about 10-12 guys in it.  Ben King, Time, DLP, and the team type 1 guy were all there.  We all rolled thru but some guys were sitting on and the gap never really opened up, eventually it came back.  On the 3rd lap, beginning, Ben King attacked...Curtis got across with 3 other guys I think.  They were off for probabaly about 20min and eventually it got caught.  Later that lap I was off the front for a bit with Mike Githens from Artemis...but we got brought back.   Coming into the 4th and final lap it was all together.  I was feeling pretty good and was planning to start the fireworks going through the feedzone.  I hit the feedzone about 3rd and opened it up on the hill...I was off the front alone for about 5min then some more guys came across to me.  There were 6 of us total...me, two guys on canadian teams (wondering why they wree down here), a dlp guy, and two guys from local teams.  I felt pretty good, but we still had 18mi to go.  We got in a pretty good rotation...one of the local guys was just sitting on the whole time...the dlp guys sat on a bit, but it was pretty good  We opened the gap up to a maximum of 1:20 i think, but it never got huge.  I was feeling pretty good, with about 5mi to go we still had about 40s...I was starting to unravel but thought we were going to stay away...we were really killing it, and with a mile to go we still were off.  With a k to go up a small hill the canadians took off and the break split I was on my own in third...unfortunately with about 300m to go I was swallowed up as were the other guys.  Apparently sometime in the last 10mi or so Ben King went to the front and was just killing and helped bring the gap down.  With a k to go the team type 1 guy went and completely shut it down.  I was pretty pissed afterward...to have attacked and spent the last 45min of the race off the front and to be caught in sight of the finish...but so it goes I guess.  When they passed us Curtis was opening up his sprint and looked good to come in in the top 5, unfortunately a time pro guy thought it would be cool if he swerved right.  Curtis had to go off into the grass...when Curtis yelled at him about it the time guy said chill out its only a training race...even though it wasnt, there was 500 dollars...and it still doesnt change him swerving over...not very professional if you ask me.  And the bad luck continued when ryan flatted on the last lap.  So we came up kinda empty handed but you cant say we didnt try.  Theres a crit tomorrow and were gonna be out there just taking laps on the field.  

Also...Steve Kendall won the cat 3 race...just straight dropped everyone with a k to go, what a beast! 

7 comments:

Pete said...

You looked good in the Kelly kit. Nice job today; I got pushed off the road on the last hill by a time guy. He didn't have anywhere to go but where I was, so that ended my race (made some sick watts keeping pace in the dirt though...)

Nate Wilson said...

Thanks man...it was a fun time out there. That sucks about going off the road...oh well...if you made the watts thats all that really matters anyway...see you tomorrow?

Bryan Vaughan said...

Nate-you looked good attackng up that hill on the last lap. I was trying to get people to chase but it looked like you guys would just roll in. Up the back side of the course, me and 3 or 4 Time guys were drilling it on the front and never saw you - couldn't beleive it. At the second to last corner I was about to give up and we caught a glimpse of you guys. As soon as that happened, everyone suddenly wanted to chase of course! When Ben attacked, it strung everything out and we were flying into that last hill - too much momentum. Keep attacking! It will stick soon.

That earlier break should have been the one. Everyone was there and then half the guys wouldn't ride! Oh well.

chuck hutch said...

I am glad to read that you are competative in the 1,2 pro race. Good job covering moves and giving it a dig in the end - that's the way to race. Even though you got caught, you made some pretty tough riders work to catch you and that's cool. Get them tommorrow, and if your off the front like that again, and the line is that close, drive it till you are cross eyed and feel like your going to puke.

crispy said...

Glad you enjoyed my school's race. Tomorrow should be fun. Keep it shiny side up man.

Sigberto said...

Nathan - good meeting you today and sounds like you at least had a race worth sharing... Haha. Good run down and kick ass tomorrow.

John Raley said...

Your just straight up too beast and need to stop doping so much ;)

It was awesome seeing you out there working with BK on Sunday. You're looking really good for the early season. See you at TZ.